In areas where the Syrian government recently regained control together with loyal militia forces, the future of the former ‘rebels,' as they are still being portrayed in some Western media, is rather bleak, as the Syrian special services will spare no effort to track down terrorists and insurgents. Many of them are expected to flee and try and seek asylum in Europe.
Swedish Defense Research Agency, FOI, judged that Daesh is now poised to take the Syrian civil war to Europe. In addition to continued resistance in Aleppo, Daesh is expected to wreak havoc by terrorist attacks in cities such as Stockholm.
"They will not stop with terrorist attacks in Syria and Iraq, and will be even more determined to carry out terrorist acts against Western Europe," FOI analyst Michael Jonsson said in a video commentary.
When the Civil War broke out in Syria, Swedish media, in line with their Western colleagues, cheered at the advent of the Arab Spring, when Islamists and criminals started rebellions against their regimes perceived as "undemocratic." Arab Spring took place Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Bahrain and Yemen, to name a few, and most often than not ended in disaster.
Sweden's somewhat indiscriminate support of the Syrian opposition as "freedom fighters" makes it difficult, if not impossible to deny former jihadis and Daesh associates asylum, because mere participation in the fight against legitimate Syrian President Bashar al-Assad may be equaled to being a political refugee. Whether a political refugee is also wanted for crimes such as terrorism and genocide is not taken into account in Sweden.
"If during the investigation of one's application it appears that one is a war criminal or has committed crimes against humanity or other serious criminal offense, or if one is a threat to national security, the applicant is not eligible to get asylum in Sweden. Nevertheless, one can still get a temporary residence permit if one cannot return to their home country because of the risk of execution or persecution," an excerpt from the Swedish Migration Board's asylum regulation said.